Bathroom Makeover

The other day I shared the before and after bathroom transformation. I’ve gone from sitting and staring all day long at our recently finished open pantry (makeover here) to wanting to sleep in my new peaceful bathroom. Since the bathroom had was a nightmare before, ANYTHING would look good after. This is what we got with this old farmhouse…

Before – yikes! bathroom makeover before

And this is the potential I saw. I’m in love with the soft peaceful ‘after’ results! Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover Details at DIYShowOff

Paint: Those walls! Believe me, I did a good scrubbing but is there any better way to really clean up walls than applying a fresh coat of paint? Love this color! Valspar Pale Linen: Depending on light, sometimes it has a soothing blue tint, sometimes more of a gray/white tone but definitely a tranquil light blue color.

Vanity: The gorgeous Huntshire vanity with marble countertop and Talia faucet set from Virtu USA is the luxurious center of attention! Check out the beautiful detail and gorgeous espresso color.

Virtu USA Huntshire vanity

Metallics: Mixing the silver finishes like the brushed nickel faucets, polished nickel sconces, polished nickel vanity knobs, satin nickel curtain rod add just the right amount of bling!

Virtu USA Talia faucet - DIYShowOff bathroom makeover

The vanity comes with beautiful antique gold hardware which I’ll re-use on another piece of furniture since I swapped them out for these beautiful polished nickel knobs.

polished nickel knobs

Pottery Barn Bevel Mirror: Go big or go home! {Heavy! Molly bolts included.} The mirror’s beveled mirror frame is the perfect glamorous accessory reflecting light and the illusion of more space into this small bathroom. 

bevel mirror

Lighting: Drool-worthy. ::sigh:: Thanks to LampsPlus for the stunning lighting! {Hudson Valley Monroe polished nickel adjustable wall lights} These are just the icing on the cake, aren’t they? Definitely my most favorite fixture in my home!

Lamps Plus Monroe Adjustable Arm Sconce

Floor: I did this all by myself! Would you believe they’re vinyl tiles? Easy to install and grout (use grout for vinyl) gives it a look so similar to real marble but without the maintenance or cost and installed in just a few hours! Check back for the tutorial.

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 The tub and shower will get a makeover later this year. In the meantime, I “framed” the bathtub nook/shower curtain with curtains (difficult to photograph that side of the room!)…

bathroom curtains

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Storage to the left of the bathtub/shower:

bathroom storage

Built in storage cabinet to the right…

bathroom storage cupboard

 Floating shelves and baskets provide more storage options. 

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Because there is no such thing as too many photos:DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover LampsPlus Monroe Adjustable Wall Sconce

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I’ve received a lot of questions about some of the accessories and fixtures shown above. Here’s a source list. Click the images for to be redirected. 

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Still have a question? Let me know in the comment section and I’ll get right back to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Don’t forget to swing by to enter to win the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom giveaway to get started on creating your dream bathroom makeover. Easy to enter, lots of prizes! 

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Bathroom Before and After

Hello DIY friends! Let’s talk bathroom makeovers! Do you have an embarrassment of a bathroom? Outdated? Blah? Boring? Frightening? I know the feeling. Read on, my friend. You just may find yourself in a position to give your bathroom a serious facelift thanks to Virtu USA! bathroom makeover before and after

There are two bathrooms upstairs in our home. The master bathroom is the smaller of the two (remember, old farmhouse = bathrooms were not a part of the original house plans) and the bathroom I’m about to show you. One for my hubby (the master) and one for me (this one). I know you’re going to be envious that I have had this gem all to myself for a couple of years. Labeled the “girls’ bathroom”, welcome to my own little private oasis…  bathroom makeover before Gag! Because no one sees the upstairs main bath except those who live here, it hasn’t been at the top of the DIY priority list in the 7 years since we moved in. It was functional and clean even if it was super ugly and outdated. Sort of a hurry up, shower, brush your teeth, throw on some makeup and get the heck out of this room! But a less desirable (to put it nicely) “before” makes for a magical “after”. This girl has a happy ending for sure! DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover Vurtu USA When the opportunity to work with Virtu USA came up, it was just the motivation I needed to finally FINALLY rip out the old cheap doorless vanity (will have a new life as storage in the barn). The old medicine cabinet with Hollywood dressing room lights (that’s what those lined up round bulbs remind me of) became a roadside treasure for someone who must have needed it. My heart didn’t break as we tossed the old peeling up vinyl and I think the bathroom cried tears of happiness when I painted those poor sad walls. bathroom before Tiling the tub and shower surround will have to wait until later this year but that didn’t keep me from putting some blood, sweat, tears and lots of DIY and love into turning my bathroom into a beautiful new peaceful place just for me.  bathroom makeover after There are a couple of things that really make this an OMGosh! reveal. You probably couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous 48 inch Huntshire vanity topped with beautiful Italian Carrara marble… Huntshire bathroom vanity and the Talia faucet talia faucet I was immediately drawn to what the Huntshire description calls “straight lines and strong features”. I love the square basin with the traditional beauty, not to mention the size and storage (drawers and doors have soft closing hinges and slides!)…a place for everything and a big bold statement that this bathroom is finally not only truly functional but stunning as well! espresso bathroom vanity

More photos: DIY bathroom makeover I know you’re drooling over that lighting too, right? They’re the Monroe Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lights from LampsPlus DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

See something you like? Check out the source list with more details and pictures here

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*This post is sponsored by Virtu USA. As always, opinion, photos, and words are my own.

How do Painted Faucets Hold Up?

Nearly four years ago, I painted the faucets in our budget friendly guest bathroom makeover. You can see how I painted them here

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Do I regret it? Not one bit. Has it held up? For the most part. Here is how they look four years later…

painted faucet durability

These faucets are in a guest bathroom that gets used every day however it’s not heavy use. And I learned after taking this picture that the spout was even less chipped than shown. That’s mostly dried toothpaste. Oops. 

The fix: Since my paint is not flaking, I sprayed Rustoleum’s Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze onto a styrofoam plate (until I got a “puddle” of paint). Then I used a Q-Tip to touch up the paint.

painted faucet touch up

Once that was dry (a few hours), I sealed the touch ups with clear nail polish.

touching up painted faucets

Good as new!

DIY painted faucets  

Guest ready once again…

painted faucets

For us, painting the faucets updated the old vintage pedestal sink and kept the cost of our bathroom makeover down. Finding separate hot and cold faucets with their own spout was a challenge so painting the faucets worked for us. I do have to say…it’s rather odd having one spout for cold and one spout for hot. There’s no dilly-dallying washing hands under the hot spigot…ouch! Filling the sink is the only option for “warm” water. Strange, isn’t it?

And in case you’re wondering, the painted floor has held up well too! guest bathroom

See the entire before and after: Bathroom Reveal.

Full painting faucets tutorial: painting-bathroom-faucets

Small Bathroom Inspiration

One of our DIY goals this year is to work on some DIY bathroom updates:

  • Main floor half bathroom is complete although I’d like to work on a few additional details such as a plantation shutter for the huge window and a little freshening up with some new decorative accents.

bathroom window

 

  • We’ve shared a budget friendly main floor guest bathroom makeover in the past with details including painting the floor and walls, new light fixtures and spray painting the faucets but the shower needs an update as well.

bathroom-sign

This old farmhouse has 3 more bathrooms. All of our bathrooms are small in size. There’s a really creepy basement half bathroom which is rarely used, an upstairs main bathroom (we call it the “girl’s bathroom” – it’s the one filled with my things) and the teeniest tiniest master bathroom you’ve ever seen (old house = someone added on a master bathroom). Each one needs a LOT of work. And it’s our goal to complete at least ONE…preferably the girls’, i.e. “mine”. ;)

My first step when it comes to a room makeover is looking for inspiration to gather ideas of things that I like, things that I’d love to incorporate. There are so many sources to gather inspiration: magazines, blogs {via Google, Pinterest, Houzz}, past DIY Show Off bathroom features and home websites including HomeTalk, where I’ve started collecting small bathroom ideas {clips can be made from other HomeTalk users’ posts or from all around the www}. I can also ask questions and get help from professionals and homeowners.  Take a look at my small bathroom inspiration clipboard

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Do you have a small bathroom begging some DIY attention? Any space saving or budget friendly makeover advice? Do you collect ideas to create your own design and plan?

DIY at Citruz Design

Hey there! Today I’d like you to meet fairly new blogger, Gajay, from Citruz Design blog.

citruz-design

She shares our passion and love for creating beautiful home decor and DIY projects. Today she’s sharing a peek of her transformed bathroom and living room.

Bathroom Makeover

She started with an outdated bathroom… bathroom-before

but after lots of hard DIY work and love, she can be proud of this beautiful bathroom… bathroom-makeover

Beautiful tile, pretty shower curtain too! bathroom-shower-tile

You can see the living room before and after here, where she added teal accents to balance the dark brown.  livingroom

Want to see more? Me too! Visit Gajay at Citruz Design. She has some really cute craft tutorials to show you! citruz design diy necklace

Thanks for sharing, Gajay! I look forward to seeing more of your creativity and DIY projects!

Apartment DIY progress: tiling the bathroom floor (before & after)

Apartment Bathroom Floor – before and after 

how to tile a bathroom floor

We’re renovating a tiny apartment on a small budget. We decided that the bathroom floor was a ‘must do’. The Atmospheres Tile Collection by Daltile offers a variety of style, color and size options, so you can create your own unique designs with tile. The possibilities are endless! Read more about

our tile shopping experience at The Home Depot

Daltile Sandy Beach porcelain tile

helpful tips and tricks from The Home Depot Tile Specialist

Roeshel from DIY Show Off with Mike, the Home Depot tile specialist

The old bathroom floor (updated by previous owners) wasn’t an ideal choice…  bathroom floor before

And a leaky valve created a HUGE mess (more about that in another post). The joys of DIY…a major freak out moment with a full out tantrum but no choice but to fix the damage and move forward. Unfortunately it happens and DIY doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes there are setbacks! 

We shut off the water, capped the supply lines, removed the toilet and vanity, removed the flexible rubber/plastic(?) baseboards

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{I know…so gross!}

and got to work on removing that old floor…

bathroom floor before

We prepared the floor for tiling by screwing down Hardibacker. Russ made the cuts. We used  newspaper to create a template around the shape of the bathtub. and for the hold for the toilet, using a circular saw for straight cuts and a double sided knife blade (I don’t remember the brand of the one he uses) for rounded cuts.

cutting Hardiebacker

Using Locktite and screws, we secured the Hardibacker to the old floor to create a smooth, level surface for tiling. Make sure that screws are flush (or even countersink them a little).

screwing Hardiback to existing floor

We made the decision of where the tile would end in the door way. I believe the center is the perfect spot. But, we extended it a small bit after shutting the door to see the ideal spot (where wood floors from hallway would not be seen in the bathroom and tile floors would not be seen from the closed bathroom door in the hallway.

Mr. DIY used a saw called a “Fat Max” to under cut the door jamb so that tile would fit neatly underneath…

tiling at door frame

We used a masonry/tile saw (also called a wet saw) to cut tiles. For this project, we cut and laid out all of the tiles in advance, using spacers during the process to get the best fit.

We laid out our tile, deciding on the best design for the space. We do love creative patterns but given our time frame, the shape of the tub, un-square walls and the fact that not much floor space actually shows when the toilet and vanity are in place, we decided on a basic grid design. We used the same newspaper templates we created for the Hardibacker for cutting tiles to fit the shape of the bathtub and the hole for the toilet plumbing.

spacing ceramic tiles

The Home Depot Tile Specialist suggested we center the pattern in the door way and work from there but for us, when working with odd cuts near the tub and not wanting cut tile framing one whole tile in the door way, we worked from right to left, starting in front of the tub so that smaller cut tile pieces would be behind the vanity and toilet.  I liked the look of one cut tile on the left corner of the room hidden by the vanity/hinged door area better. There is no wrong way…just do what feels right for your space.

doorway tile

We chose a ceramic tile called “Carrara” from the Daltile Atmosphere Collection at the Home Depot. Affordable, stylish and easy to install, Daltile was the perfect choice when selecting tile. I loved the colors, white with a gray veining, the flow and movement it’d bring to the super tiny space and the durability of ceramic tile for a rental bathroom.

I labeled cut tiles using FrogTape so it didn’t feel like we were putting together a jig saw puzzle when moving on to the next step.

labeling cut tiles

Now we won’t be confused when putting it back together…

labeled ceramic tiles

For this tiling project, we used Omni-Grip as our mortar to secure tiles to the Hardiebacker and 3/16 spacers.

tiling a bathroom floor

We used a trowel to spread the Omni-Grip and placed the tiles, working our way out of the room. We did our best to get straight lines.

process of tiling a bathroom floor

We let this dry for 48 hours while we worked on other things.

We chose a sanded pre-mixed urethane grout called Quartz Lock for it’s features:

  • Superior stain resistance
  • Color consistency
  • Crack resistant flexibility
  • Mold/mildew protection
Color is “silver gray”.

Materials for grouting:

grouting materials

Apply grout to the float with a putty knife and smooth into the spaces between the tile. “Smoosh” it into the spaces.

Be sure to clean the tiles to remove excess grout with a clean wet sponge along the way.

We did not grout along the tub – we used caulking there. In the event something needs changed in the future, we didn’t want the mess of trying to remove grout from the cast iron tub. 

grouting ceramic tile

I would have preferred that we created a more uniform grid. But we did our best. If I don’t look right at it, it doesn’t bother me. lol And in the big scheme of this apartment rental, an old building full of imperfections, this looks pretty darn good!

Daltile Atmospheres Carrara ceramic tile

An amazing difference!

gross bathroom floor before…

bathroom makeover - before

bathroom floor (and a little sneak peek of the renovated apartment bathroom) now…

Daltile Carrara ceramic tile

The Home Depot is the one-stop-shop for all tiling needs, whether you are an experienced DIYer or a first-time tiler. I’m so happy with our selection. Love the Daltile Carrara and meeting with the Home Depot tile specialist and getting some tips saved us some time and headaches! See the entire Daltile Atmospheres Collection at the Home Depot.

Almost time for the full apartment reveal! Just finishing up the hardwood floors this week then time to decorate and get her moved!  I’m trying to hold off on other tutorials and info until after the big reveal…it’s so hard! I want to show you every step as I complete it! 

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Choosing tile for the apartment bathroom

We were recently asked if we’d like to participate in the Daltile Atmospheres Tile Collection campaign by The Home Depot. With an apartment renovation in progress, timing was perfect. We quickly replied with our acceptance and couldn’t wait to get started. Literally. We do have a tiling project in our plans at this very moment. The super tiny bathroom in the super tiny apartment we’re renovating is in desperate need of a new floor.

apartment bathroom before

Actually it’s in desperate need of a lot more! There’s a need to gut the entire bathroom and start from scratch but due to a very small budget and time constraints, we’ve narrowed the projects down to

  • tiling the floor and installing baseboard trim
  • painting
  • re-caulking
  • new lighting
  • new medicine cabinet or mirror
  • new vanity, sink and faucets
  • and of course, budget friendly decorating

The current flooring is a Pergo-type flooring which is not ideal for a bathroom. {duh} There are a few warped planks. Time to remove it and install something much more bathroom-friendly.

bathroom makeover before

{previous owner forgot their shampoo!}

We headed to The Home Depot: a one stop shop for all tiling needs, whether you’re an experienced DIYer (like Mr. DIY) or first time tiler (like me) to see what would work for this space. Here are a few options that we looked at…

Daltile Atmospheres Tile Collection

Daltile Atmospheres Tile Collection

We headed to aisle 13 and “ooh’d and ahhh’d like kids in a toy store” at the awesome displays. We jumped right in and laid out designs right out on the floor. I promise we personally didn’t open any boxes – other people must need to touch and see tile in real life too. The Atmospheres Tile Collection by Daltile offers a variety of styles, colors and sizes to create unique designs…perfect! Endless possibilities!

Sandy Beach – porcelain tile that has a slate look

Daltile Sandy Beach porcelain tile

Pacific Sand and Briton Bone – glazed ceramic tiles with a natural stone look. I really enjoyed using both of these to create designs. I love the pattern on the left!

Daltile Briton Bone and Pacific Sand

Daltile Designer White – a  glazed ceramic tile inspired by the look of marble

Daltile Designer White

A large pretty collection of accent tiles…

Daltile Atmospheres Tile Accents Collection

Stay tuned to see which tile in the Daltile Atmospheres Collection we choose, my meeting with a Home Depot tile specialist, how to tile a floor tutorial and {keeping my fingers crossed} an awesome bathroom transformation. Which one was your favorite? {I’ve chosen 2. One for the apartment bathroom and possibly one for my future laundry room makeover!} Affordable, stylish and easy to install, Daltile is my kind of product!

The Home Depot

 

Tips for Tiling: http://diyshowoff.com/2012/08/21/tips-for-tiling-a-floor/

How to Tile: http://diyshowoff.com/2012/09/17/how-to-tile-a-bathroom-floor/

The Home Depot partnered with bloggers {like me!} to participate in its Daltile program. As part of the program, I received compensation from The Home Depot in the form of a gift card to participate in this campaign promoting the new Atmospheres Tile Collection by Daltile. They did not twist my arm to participate nor did they tell me what to say about the products used for the Daltile Program. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. 

A Bathroom Reveal

Meet: Gemma from

The Sweetest Digs

She shares our love of thrift shop hunting, interior design and DIY. The Sweetest Digs is a blog about Gemma’s adventures in transforming her first house from boring to beautiful on a shoestring budget.

Gemma’s bathroom before was pretty non-descript, totally storage-deprived with a danky old tub.

Goodbye boring beige bathroom. Hello classic, bright, and fresh. She’s a whole new woman.

Love the white with beautiful shower curtain and spa blue glass tile accent.

Gorgeous floating vanity/sink…

Let’s throw in a little side-by-side comparison for good measure. She’s come a long way!

Budget breakdown {goal was under $5k}…

  • tile (marble, subway tile, accent glass tile): $601.23 (originally $900, but we returned some unused tile)
  • bathtub and fan: $364.45
  • accessories (shower rod, towel bar, shower curtain, toilet paper holder, etc): $155.46
  • drywall: $115.98
  • mirror: $30
  • vanity (wood, track system, legs, handles): $176.50
  • vanity sink: $100
  • paint: $64.85
  • supplies (tiling supplies, plumbing, trim, tools, etc): $900.26
  • gift card purchased for friend who helped out with plumbing: $100

Grand total: $2608.73!!!

And after using some wedding gift cards, actual out of our pocket expense was only $1527.67. Not bad for a complete bathroom renovation!

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A Master Bathroom Makeover – Wow!

I’ve featured Susanne from Tenth Avenue South and her drop cloth headboard and kitchen makeover in the past {she’s a DIY girl too, friends!} and she has another AMAZING transformation I’m excited to share with you today. 

Her master bathroom before was stuck in 1956…

before

bathroom before

but some cosmetic surgery has this old bathroom

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DIY Project Parade and Half Bathroom before and after

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As I was updating my home tour page, I noticed that I didn’t have a link to our half bathroom makeover. Why? Because I shared it on my very first blog and not here. So, time to show you the before and after transformation. One of my first projects. It evolves a little here and there.

blue glass vases

First, let’s take a look at the before picture. Keep in mind that previous owners foreclosed on this old farmhouse. It sat neglected and we lived with this room stripped completely for over a year (that nasty carpet and fixtures were gone)! Thank goodness for my ability to see potential, otherwise this alone would have had us running the other direction!

BEFORE

powder room before and after

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Beautiful Bathroom Makeover

Meet:  Virginia from
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who recently shared her guest bathroom reveal, beautiful and full of do-it-yourself details.

DIY bath sign and $50 Wallums Giveaway

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DIY bathroom sign

I recently had the opportunity to try my choice of vinyl from Wallums. Wall’ums is a San Francisco based company specializing in 100% removable, unique and custom wall decals.

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DIY Show Off – Main Bathroom Before and After Reveal {Shades of Gray}

Main Bathroom Transformation:

budget-friendly-bathroom-makeover

Featured in THIS OLD HOUSE MARCH 2011
There’s even a photo of our precious little Niski and it fills our hearts with joy even more.
(click photos to enlarge)
Here is the estimated cost breakdown for my bathroom makeover:
Ceiling paint, primer and trim & door paint – free (we already had this from previous projects)
Lighting (Washington Collection) from Lighting Direct $220.80
Paint supplies and tape approximately $20 (I used some supplies that we already had.)
Wall paint (BM light pewter and nimbus color matched in Valspar’s Signature paint) $62 total
Valspar Porch and Floor paint (color = Journey) $25
Floor paint for design on painted rug (already had BM Smoke Embers) $0
Elegant Bracket Stencils (2 of the same one) $15
Minwax water based polyurethane $16 (this WILL yellow light colored paint)
Oval Vanity Mirror (Lowe’s) $75
Rustoleum spray primer, oil rubbed bronze spray paint and spray lacquer (for faucets) $25
Oil rubbed bronze shower curtain hooks ($9) and rod $29
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Total $512.88
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Our Main Floor Bathroom before…

Now: I love the shades of gray!

Sink

Before:

Now:

Before:

Now:

Tips on painting horizontal stripes.

Ceiling light before:

Ceiling light now:
(schoolhouse ceiling mount)
New vanity light (the biggest splurge in the room)

Floor before:

Floor now:

A little more accessorizing (neutral and DIY) coming after the holidays.
This .50 coat rack:

Became this towel rack. I did a little dry brush technique with left over paint and some sanding:

And now I have this:

Updated pictures:

painted floor after 2 years is still holding up…
DIY bath 5 cents sign
DIY bathroom sign

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Roomspiration – Bathrooms

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Isn’t the Roomspiration so much fun?! Have you been linking up and visiting the links?  I love seeing inspiring bathrooms – real homes, real functional spaces and transformations, don’t you?  Today I’m joining SJ at


She has a beautiful master bathroom reveal. 
We actually have 5 “bathrooms” in this old farmhouse which consist of a powder room in the unfinished basement (actually in the old scary original cellar part) which is only used because of convenient location when we’re down there working on a project. No, I won’t share that one with you at this time.  It’s clean with the exception of perhaps a spider because of it’s rare use.  When we get to remodeling the basement, renovating the small powder room be a part of the plan.

I‘ve shared these next two before, but I love that I can show you how they’ve held up and stood the test of time AND have a little motivation to clean for current photos.  :)

On the first floor, we have a guest bathroom and a powder room.  These I will share with you. Both were budget friendly and serve as pretty functional use for us as well as guests in our home.

Powder room before was closed for business.  
We took everything out and started from scratch.
(Sorry this is so gross!  It’s aood thing we could see the potential in this old house – a lot of areas were disgusting.)
It was originally a closet back in 1927.
Now it’s light and bright and clean…

The first floor guest bathroom before was ugly but being a bathroom used by guests, I wanted to make it less of an embarrassment.  
When we bought the house (minus the carpet – yes, carpet)…
Now…
When we bought the house except there was no door there.
Now…
The painted and stenciled floor was a budget friendly waterproof solution until a bigger budget is dedicated to this area. 

The last two bathrooms in our home are upstairs.  One full hall bathroom and a dinky teeny tiny master bathroom. Seriously – you probably have a closet that’s larger.  Those I will not share until I have a pretty ‘after’ transformation to ‘show off’.  They’re both ugly, outdated and gross but one step at a time. Remember, we DIY and remodel as time and money allow. No debt.  So until a few main floor projects are completed, those will stay our little secret.

Let’s see what you’ve done with your bathrooms!  Head over to join us at

and link up your bathroom makeovers!

I’m also joining my friend Cassity today at

Reminder for Monday!


Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you there!
abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off

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Fall Festival coming a little later this afternoon since both of these linky parties fell on the same day.  :)

Reminder to head over to Shaw Floors’ Facebook to enter to win a new area rug or flooring for one of your rooms and to vote for Cassity and Roeshel.  We’d love for one of our e-friends to win (and in return, we’d love our coastal cottage room to win too!).  Good luck!


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Bathroom Makeover – Estimated Cost and Before/Afters

I know you’ve likely seen some of these pictures already but here is a post with my estimated cost breakdown. Coming soon – a few other items including towels, towel bar, toilet paper holder, something with the window and some wall art.
Here is the estimated cost breakdown for my bathroom makeover:

Ceiling paint, primer and trim & door paint – free (we already had this from previous projects)
Lighting (Washington Collection) from Lighting Direct $220.80
Paint supplies and tape approximately $20 (I used some supplies that we already had.)
Wall paint (BM light pewter and nimbus color matched in Valspar’s Signature paint) $62 total
Valspar Porch and Floor paint (color = Journey) $25
Floor paint for design on painted rug (already had BM Smoke Embers) $0
Elegant Bracket Stencils (2 of the same one) $15
Minwax water based polyurethane $16 (this WILL yellow light colored paint)
Oval Vanity Mirror (Lowe’s) $75
Rustoleum spray primer, oil rubbed bronze spray paint and spray lacquer (for faucets) $25
Extra long White Waffle shower curtain (Target) $25
Oil rubbed bronze shower curtain hooks ($9) and rod $29
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Total $512.88

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Our Main Floor Bathroom

Before
Now:
Sink Before:
Now:


Before:

Now:


Before:

Now:


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New vanity light (the biggest splurge in the room)


Floor before:


Floor now:

A little more accessorizing (neutral and DIY) coming after the holidays.

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New Updated Pictures:

DIY Club

Painting Faucets (and painted floor progress!)

know most of you have seen this, but since one of the projects I’m currently working on that which involves Rusteoleum isn’t completed (something for the bathroom wall but like I’ve said…this entire project is forever due to time constraints.) , I thought I’d share my faucet project again AND A FLOOR UPDATE at the bottom of this post!
We’re keeping the pedestal sink. It’s pretty. It’s in like-new condition although I’m certain it is fairly old and I kind of like that it has a history. It stays until big dream-remodel occurs. However the faucets presented a dilemma. Look at the set up. One faucet for cold. A separate faucet for hot. Washing hands is a challenge. It requires a back and forth motion between faucets or hoping that the hot water isn’t instant. Or, using the stopper and filling the basin to get a sink full of warm water. I imagine original home owners used it that way. I looked to replace them…but I didn’t have any luck in finding separate hot/cold faucets. Now I’m kind of glad that I didn’t.
The old faucets are solid and silver. I’m guessing these things are old. I tried looking them up. They say “volverwine”. There is an old “Wolverine” brand. ? They’re heavy and the quality is awesome. I however want oil rubbed bronze to match other fixtures in the room. I decided that my old trusty favorite DIY magic transformation technique (spray painting) was the answer.


I
tested the process on a gold brassy door stop. I loved the results. This is my all time favorite spray painting project so far!

I sanded all surfaces of the faucets, drain and metal parts and chain for the plug. I used a 3M sanding block and even an emery board to get every single area. I made sure I got all areas nice and scuffed up.

(At this point…they looked beautiful and polished. I almost backed out but I felt like silver faucets and oil rubbed bronze everywhere else just didn’t “go together”. I found the courage to move on. I think it was when I dreamt of wearing brown boots with black pants.)

I washed and dried them and I taped off the areas I didn’t want painted and put the knobs in the “off” position so I wouldn’t gum up the opening/closing function.

I start by painting the underneath and sides. Each piece got a couple of lightly sprayed coats of Rustoelum Primer in “rust”. I let each coat dry at least 8 hours before applying another. Once the underside was done, I flipped and did the top and sides.

I used a piece of packing styrofoam to hold them upright.

I followed the same steps for the oil rubbed bronze spray paint. (Upside down and sides = light coats, then flip and top and sides = light coats). Once that was dry…


I used a high gloss lacquer and the same steps. It’s been drying for about a week. It’ll probably two weeks by the time all is said and done and ready for installation. Plenty of time to cure. The sink isn’t back in place but I can’t wait to see them!
This piece was easier painted when hanging. After: Here is it against the porcelain: I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think? The finish is very hard and durable. The faucets open/close without any issues. And now they match the door knobs and light fixtures. I’m happy!

I used: Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer Rustoleum Metallic Brilliant Metal Finish (oil rubbed bronze) Lacquer Hi-Gloss (for metal) I did at least two coats of the primer and ORB then quite a few of the lacquer. I stayed back about 9-12 inches to keep the spray even and to prevent runs. More information on painting faucets here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4703257_refinish-bathroom-faucets.html

And I’ve been sharing a few steps as I complete them so here is the latest. I hope to have this room finished before 2010! I’m waiting for this to dry so I can begin touch up and stenciling. Then the last step of polyurethane. I can’t wait to get the trim back up. One step closer to total completion!

What I haven’t decide
d is – if I’m going to keep the bold espresso stripes and do the stencil in the espresso for a dramatic contrast or stick to my original plan of using a lighter gray instead for a lighter more neutral style. The part that looks white in pictures is actually BM’s Smoke Embers which is on the same color swatch as what used on the wall stripes, Nimbus and Light Pewter) Decisions. Decisions.

Update: 2013 and the faucets (going on 4 years later) are still holding up!